Chocolatey Espresso Nut Cookies

Are you looking for that perfect cookie to round out your holiday cookie platter? The one that will please the chocolate lovers, the coffee lovers and nut lovers alike? This is it!

It is complex and full of goodness. I suggest tripling the recipe because it is crazily addictive. But, here is why I like it for a cookie platter. You need variety in your assortment of holiday cookies, but every cookie can't be a labor intensive nightmare. You'll never get it done. Listen to me, I'm so cynical?  But really, it's experience talking. You know what I mean. We all want these gorgeous plates of holiday cookie beauty, but it is so hard to do.

You have to have a few cookies that knock it out of the park on taste and are easy-schmeazy to make. This one doesn't need eggs and all that other fancy stuff. It's so easy to throw together between all the sugar cut out cookies.

I also used a tablespoon of instant espresso powder. I didn't use coffee granules because that is more of a mocha taste for a cookie, not a big, bold espresso flavor. This is the brand espresso powder I use in case you are looking for it in the store. It has never done me wrong.

You'll want to chop your nuts finely too. Don't grind them into powder in the food processor but you'll want an even chop. The nuts provide the texture for the cookie, so leave them a decent but small size. Is that too confusing? Maybe I should have taken a picture.

Anyway, these are amazing. You need to make'll see.

Messy but good.

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Chocolatey Espresso Nut Cookies

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: About 20-22 cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • confectioners' sugar


  • Cream butter an sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine flour, cocoa and espresso powder in another bowl. Add gradually to creamed mixture, incorporating well. Stir in nuts. Roll into 1" balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. (I used a silpat, parchment would be good too.)
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until somewhat firm. Cool on pans for 5 minutes and then carefully roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

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21 Comments and 10 Replies

  1. These look wonderful!!! oh my! Pinning this and can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Cathy 2

      Thanks Alice, and thank goodness for our pin boards so we can remember all our recipes!!

  2. Koni Clark-Clifton 3

    These look beautiful…chocolate…espresso…sounds like heaven to me! I think these would make lovely food gifts for the holiday season..if I don’t eat them all first!

  3. Yum I am definitely making these!

  4. my new favorite coffee! that means I have exactly everything to make these, and I am going to very soon!

  5. Chocolate lover, check. Coffee lover, check. Nut lover, check! This cookies recipe is definitely for me!

  6. Mmm these sound awesome!

  7. Ashley 12

    These look amazing! I love the combination of chocolate and espresso… and then the addition of nuts! One more thing that I now want to try this holiday season… although I have a feeling I’m never going to get through my must-try list. haha. It’s too long!

  8. brandi 14

    i love and hate these cookies. only hate them because you can’t be sneaky with them – the powdered sugar gives you away!

  9. Here I was wondering what to take to this year’s NYE party for dessert and you show me these. They look easy and of course they are chocolate, which is always a plus in my book. These remind me a bit of the “meltaways” my mother used to make at Christmas, except yours are better because they have chocolate in them!

  10. Oh wow these look amazing! Id love to take them to a holiday party… or just eat them all myself ;)

  11. YUM!!!

  12. peabody 19

    I enjoy when I can get my caffeine in cookie form!

  13. Meghan 20

    These look delicious! Chocolate, espresso powder, plus nuts – I’m in! A definite for any holiday cookie platter!

  14. I think I should make these.

  15. Patty 22

    Of course, I have to visit your cookies…they look perfect for the holidays;-)

  16. Tina W. 23

    These are very good but a little more crumbly than I expected. Great flavor, though!

  17. Amanda 24

    I made these today. Soooo numscious. They win.

  18. Jackie B 25

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful cookie bites. I volunteered to bring the dessert to our Christmas gathering and I was gonna make a platter or two of assorted cookies and candies. These will definitely make the platter!

  19. Beckie 26

    Made these cookies tonight. Very disappointing! They are extremely dry and not sweet at all. Needs more sugar, a touch of salt and perhaps an egg (?) to help with the dryness.

    • Cathy 27

      Beckie, Sorry you had an issue with these. I have made them several times with great success. And had many others share their success as well. Makes me thin something went wrong in the process for you.

  20. Becky 28

    What is that expresso powder? Where do you get it?

  21. Skyeanna 30

    Is it possible to make these with actual espresso instead of the instant powdered variety? I don’t want to have to buy it, use a tablespoon or two and then just have it sitting around forever.

    • Cathy 31

      Hmmm, I would first substitute regular instant coffee but make it a dark roast. When cooking or baking, instant coffee will give the same results, but it will lack the rich, roasted flavor of espresso.

      You can sub very finely ground coffee or espresso, but use less since these grounds haven’t been brewed.


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